This week has been an ongoing adventure. My vet techs and I have started to get on a first name bases over the phone. I give a round of applause to every GOOD Vet Tech and Veterinarian out there for all the hard work you do to help us pet owners over the phone.
It's been one long HOT summer, and with my life changing as much as it has (kicked my ex out and went from a 2 person income to a 20hr a week income), and with the Search and Rescue team on the rocks (long story there) we haven't been doing as much training as we should normally be. Therefore, one black dog has been "bored" and finding things to do. Yeah it's my fault, I fully blame myself (how often do you see that?). So Peanut has taken back to fence jumping. Yup! So I've spent my mornings in my yard figuring out how she's jumping the fence. Every time I think I figure it out, she has found a different way to get out. Yeah, it's getting old.
Now Peanut's actually been a pretty darn good dog lately and behaving herself. That came to an end this week. On Tuesday I was really sick with a sore throat and stuff like that. I had a few cough drops in the middle of my table. On Wednesday, I'm sitting at my computer before work, and the dogs are in the living room chewing on antlers. Nubs is facing me, which normally they always have their eyes drilled into my skull (I might leave them you know). Peanut had her back to me, and out of no where the smell of Cherry Cough Drop hit me. Sure enough I walk over to Peanut and you could smell it on her breath. -sighs-
Friday's was the worst to date though. In my kitchen, I have a counter top, then on that counter top I have a microwave. On top of that is the medicine cabinet, which is a good 6ft off the ground. While I was blowdrying my hair getting ready for work, someone climbed up into that cabinet and knocked out some medication which then dropped and opened when they reached the floor. I busted Peanut as she was swallowing my last gummy Rescue Remedy anxiety pill. YAY!
I was over an hour late to work while I sat out in the yard and watch Peanut stalk the yard with her ears pinned back, tail between her legs, glaring at me like "YOU MADE ME SICK! YOU ARE A DEAD HUMAN!" Finally after 20mins of waiting she threw up all the medication, and I was able to go to work.
Yesterday (Saturday), was the last day of the Hot Air Balloon World Championships. If you've never been able to see 100+ hot air balloons in the air at once, it's something you HAVE to see. I've grown up with hot air balloons living were I do, and this city will always have them around. Figured it would be a GREAT training opportunity to take Peanut out there with out Search and Rescue team and train with distractions (a 60ft tall Hot Air Balloon inflating and taking off is a BIG distraction too).
"Hello did you say something?"
Peanut under the SAR table watching everyone go past.
Peanut did WONDERFUL! There was upwards of 500 people around us at any given time. It was really shoulder to shoulder packed full with 10 hot air balloons filling up less then 20 feet away from us. Only at this festival can you actually walk underneath a 60 ft tall balloon and see what it's like to look inside of 10-100 of them at once. It's simply amazing. Peanut watched a few take off, then was more interested in the food the people next to us were eating.
"It's hot out here! OH FOOD!"
She heeled on a loose leash around all the people, did sits and downs on command, and even played nice with young kids who would stop by with their sweet, sticky fingers and pet her. She did awesome. While she is a HUGE pain in the butt, she really has turned into a wonderful dog. Loves people, loves activities, and loves to work. Can't ask for a better dog!
"Behaving myself and being a good breed ambassador is HARD work!